I really did enjoy your post. In it I find you coming out of your separateness, joining me, and building on what I’ve said. Your addition is significant, despite it’s pessimism. The risk of losing ourselves in the interior landscape is significant. And, I concur with your critique of much of our discussions. Here is a funny thing: one of the correct usages of the psychological attitude would be for self-examination, that is, to specifically named what you’re calling the “traps.” In my full paper I playback an exchange last fall on the IAJS listserv and treat it as a case study. This is my initial effort to begin naming the traps. It needn’t take very many of us to focus in this direction for significant benefit to emerge. This would foster an integrity in depth within the public sphere of our encounters, which is well within our reach. It would also be a small step toward generating the type of psychological and social science research very much needed by our time in order to cultivate group cohesion and generational attention.
Thank you for the effort you’ve made to bridge difference.